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I lost my Belle the day before Thanksgiving.  The holidays were terrible to get through without her.  For the past couple of years I've had a medical condition that turned me into a social recluse.  Belle was the reason I had to leave the house.  I had her for 15 years and 2 1/2 months.  She was 5 weeks away from her 16th birthday.  I cry constantly.  I can't bring myself to pack away her toys, clothes, or blankets.  My husband thinks I will be fine if I get another dog.  All I want is Belle.  I know other dogs need adopting, but I want her.  I am no longer a religious person, so I don't have that to comfort me.  I just want to be with her.  My husband is no help.  He says she had a good life.  But I miss her and can't stop crying.

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I feel your pain and know exactly what you are going through.
I lost my baby 4 days ago, she was my life.
Our relationship with our little dogs sound similar.
You are in my thoughts. Know you are not alone.

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I'm so very sorry about your loss of Belle.  It's particularly hard when they have been a part of our daily life for so many years.  I lost my beautiful boy Leo (cat) 2 months ago and I still have a sad ache in my heart although the pain is lessening.  We all know how hard this is to accept the new normal without our beloved companions.  Time seems to lessen the heartache, take care.

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It should be getting worse. That's a good sign. You are "thawing out". In the beginning a blessed thing called shock shields us.
As we get a wee bit stronger, we begin to thaw out and really feel the feelings that shock protected us from.

But it's a like a wound full of pus. The pus is coming to the surface. And that's what is necessary for healing.

Recovery from pet loss is severely painful. SEVERELY.

What you are feeling is normal given the circumstances.

- Stephanie
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